Okay, let me preface this by stating that I am not a nurse. I have a dual degree in Psychology and Criminology. I have always had a strong interest in medicine though, so very fittingly, my first job upon graduation was with the State as a Disability Claims Adjudicator. Here are some true stories...
I had a claimant apply because he was of low intelligence. As I'm interviewing him over the phone, he told me that before he applied, he managed to land a job as a cement truck driver. The job worked out well for the first few weeks because the company was sending him to job sites around town, and he was relatively familiar with how to get from point A to point B. His downfall was the day the company sent him to an unfamiliar job site. He somehow managed to get lost with a truck full of cement for an entire day. When he finally manged to get back to the company's headquarters, he was fired on the spot. He ended up as an approval.
I had a claimant apply in part because he was a Transsexual. He had recently been released from prison, and he applied and interviewed for a job at a restaurant and was hired on while dressed as a male. The next day, he showed up to work as a female. He was fired on the spot. We denied him because, well, being a transsexual is not really a qualifying disorder, and his mental problems weren't severe to warrant a grant.
I had an older gentleman apply because his right hand was out of commission due to a congenital birth defect. What prompted him to apply was that he broke his left wrist. When I was talking to him over the phone he shared with me that he went to the ER for the broken wrist, and the doctor came in and told the guy that he wanted to put him in a cast. The claimant stated that he stared at the doctor incredulously and said, "Are you effing kidding me?!?" He ended up being a med-voc grant.
I had a claimant apply because he got bit in the arm by a police dog. We definitely denied this guy.
A fellow adjudicator shared with me one day over coffee break that one of her claimants stated on the application that he, "existed in alternate dimensions." After several unsuccessful attempts to contact the claimant by phone, the adjudicator started to think he was telling the truth.
And last but not least, another adjudicator in my training class was interviewing a claimant by phone, and during the course of the interview, the claimant offered the fact that all of her medical records were in her posession in the form of a CD-ROM. Being a good adjudicator, the girl processing the claim responded by asking the claimant if she could make a copy of the medical records and fax them to our agency. The claimant readily agreed to doing so, and actually followed through. Unfortunately, when she made a copy of her medical records, what she really did was make a photocopy of the CD itself. She promptly faxed the photocopy of the CD to our office with a cover sheet marked as "medical evidence". The adjudicator thought it so classic, she posted the actual fax outside her cubicle to share with everyone.